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Brand new seagate drive, one month old, full of important data, just stopped spinning. No noise, no spinning etc. Really really need the data off, been offered service for $1000-2000AU. This will also void my warranty. Sucks. What can I do?

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  • morgazmo99 Nov 06, 2008

    yeah, definately tried that one. its not the plug or the connection. all plugs work for different devices. its the drive... not happy.. :(
    Thanks tho,


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Try another power plug off the power supply. if you dont have a spare, swap the one off your cd or dvd rom to make sure its getting power...make sure the dvd or cd is starting also..does the light on front of the dvd blink while booting up...if so, just try that power plug off that one.

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